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OLnet One Year on

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A summary of the thoughts and directions for the work on researching Open Educational Resources after one year of the Hewlett Foundation supported work on OLnet - The Open Learning network.

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OLnet One Year on

  1. 1. olnet.org OLnet one year on: Blending evidence for collective intelligence Patrick McAndrew and the OLnet research team: Giota Alevizou, Anna de Liddo, Kasia Kozinska, Elpida Makryannis, Pauline Ngimwa, Andreia Santos, and Tina Wilson
  2. 2. “ OER is a catalyst for Deeper Learning” Barbara Chow, Hewlett Foundation http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrandomf/4506044752
  3. 3. Design for reuse
  4. 4. The tools for us and for others CC-BY http://www.flickr.com/photos/elsie/8229790/
  5. 5. Accreditation … or recognition
  6. 6. Content CC-BY-NC-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/stansich/188953946/ <ul><li>Attracts </li></ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Unique </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh </li></ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul><ul><li>Small </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant </li></ul>
  7. 7. Global intitiatives OER Africa UK Netherlands New Zealand Brazil
  8. 8. Goals <ul><li>Find evidence to support OER policy </li></ul><ul><li>Provide design support for OER </li></ul><ul><li>Build an infrastructure that works </li></ul><ul><li>Show how free resources work for learning </li></ul><ul><li>Provide access to the lessons of content </li></ul><ul><li>Understand what transfers across context </li></ul>olnet.org CC-BY-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/3171932311 /
  9. 9. OER breaks down barriers between contexts <ul><li>Indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Extension of model into new countries </li></ul><ul><li>Use of materials across levels </li></ul><ul><li>Attraction of specialist content </li></ul><ul><li>Rise of OER stars </li></ul><ul><li>Contra-indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Culturally related content </li></ul><ul><li>Dominance of “West” </li></ul><ul><li>Different approaches at different levels </li></ul>
  10. 10. Evidence <ul><li>The approaches that are taken in different subject areas and the types of learning that occur </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding reuse across sectors in education </li></ul><ul><li>Role of OER as a change agent </li></ul><ul><li>External sites building on existence of OER content </li></ul>olnet.org
  11. 11. Goal: Understand what transfers across context <ul><li>Provide lessons from contexts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Africa, South America, Asia, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop fellowships for sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disseminate results and give guidence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define levels of interest among stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase our knowledge of policy differences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify guidance needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join in with work on advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with influence organisations </li></ul></ul>olnet.org CC-BY http://www.flickr.com/photos/daquellamanera/355061741/
  12. 13. OER in different contexts
  13. 14. olnet.org Community building on OpenLearn
  14. 15. Motivational Aspects Institutional Educators Policy makers Experimental pedagogies Teaching & Learning2.0 De-schooling society? Challenges : Awareness and granularity Quality & sustainability Learning Design and the reusability Paradox Accreditation Mentorship Volunteerism Participatory expertise and literacies
  15. 16. Collaboration cycle OpenLearn Research Report, 2006-2008
  16. 17. Taking OER beyond the university <ul><li>“ + in June” Programme 2009: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Concept of Innovation (215 students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designing the User Interface (136 students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TOTAL = 351 students enrolled. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ + in June” Programme 2010: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital literacy initiative: basic computer skills + “Information on the Web” (taken from OpenLearn). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aimed at UnisulVirtual students’ friends and/or relatives (30,853 students at UV). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tutor + friend/relative support </li></ul><ul><li> widening participation </li></ul><ul><li> participatory culture </li></ul><ul><li> social inclusion </li></ul><ul><li> fulfilment of university mission . </li></ul>
  17. 18. Explore, Filter and Makesense
  18. 19. olnet.org Open Future? <ul><li>Embrace openness: operation, teaching & research </li></ul><ul><li>OER as the catalyst for change </li></ul><ul><li>Work across boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Open research as a new approach </li></ul>McAndrew, P., Scanlon, E., Clow, D. (2010) “An Open Future for Higher Education” http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/AnOpenFutureforHigherEducation/199388
  19. 20. Goals <ul><li>Find evidence to support OER policy </li></ul><ul><li>Provide design support for OER </li></ul><ul><li>Build an infrastructure that works </li></ul><ul><li>Show how free resources work for learning </li></ul><ul><li>Provide access to the lessons of content </li></ul><ul><li>Understand what transfers across context </li></ul>olnet.org CC-BY-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/3171932311 /
  20. 21. Dr Patrick McAndrew The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA <ul><li>o lnet.org </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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